Klim Vanguard GTX Long Motorcycle Gloves Review: True Winter Riding Gloves?

As winter approaches, finding the right protective gloves becomes critical for riders braving cold temps. Premium options boast impressive technology, but do the materials translate to real-world warmth?

After testing out the Climb Vanguard GTX motorcycle gloves in frigid winter weather, I discovered whether these gloves live up to their winter-ready marketing claims. Do they lock in heat or leave hands susceptible to frostbite?

But, the main question I will answer in this review is: Are these the best motorcycle gloves for cold weather for you? Let’s find out!

Klim Vanguard GTX Long Motorcycle Gloves


Key Takeaways

  • Offers flexibility with protection
  • Lacks insulation for true winter use
  • Keeps hands dry but not warm enough

Klim Vanguard GTX Long Motorcycle Gloves – Our Verdict

At the end of the day, while the Vanguard GTX gloves (1) seem well constructed using quality materials, they miss the mark as a true winter glove due to inadequate insulation.

For riders looking for a winter glove, I’d recommend looking into better-insulated options unless you plan to use heated grips below 10 degrees Celsius. The level of warmth doesn’t justify the premium price to me.

What winter motorcycle gloves have you found to work well in frigid weather? Share your recommendations below!

Cold Weather Performance Falls Short

Lacking Warmth Below 4 Degrees

While the Vanguard GTX gloves kept my hands dry in light rain, they struggled to keep my hands warm in colder temps.

Without heated grips, my hands felt quite cold anytime the temperature dropped below 4 degrees Celsius.

For a glove marketed as a winter glove, I expected better insulation and wind protection, especially at this price point.

Breathable Yet Underinsulated

The glove’s thinner leather palm offers good feel and breathability. But there’s minimal insulation here or underneath, which allows cold air to penetrate. While my hands don’t overheat, these aren’t nearly warm enough for me in icy conditions.

Comparison to Similar Jackets

Product NameDescription of Features
Klim Adventure GTXShort cuff adventure touring glove with Gore-Tex waterproofing and 200g Thinsulate insulation for weather protection. Pre-curved design and goatskin leather palm.
Revit Hydra H2OSport touring glove with Hydra membrane for waterproofing. Features Primaloft insulation for warmth and goatskin palm reinforcement. Stretch panels aid flexibility.
100% BRISKERWinter commuting glove with 100g insulation. Has Hipora waterproof, windproof liner and conductive fingertip pads for device use. Pre-curved fingers enhance feel.

The Klim Adventure GTX gloves offer the most insulation of the three for cold and wet weather riding. The Revit Hydra H2O balances weather protection with more sporty ergonomics. Meanwhile, the 100% BRISKER gloves provide insulation and waterproofing best suited for commuting duties.

Klim Vanguard GTX Long Motorcycle Gloves Overview

These gloves incorporate features like Gore-Tex, Scotchgard, Thinsulate, and D3O armor, so they don’t come cheap.

The construction seems solid, with pre-curved leather palms, soft knuckle armor, and reflective details. However, the level of insulation leaves something to be desired.

Good Ergonomics, Quality Materials

Decent Comfort and Control

On the plus side, the pre-curved palm and textile flexibility allow for good ergonomics. After break-in, the leather palm interacts well with bike controls without much restriction.